Saudi Arabia issues more than 7.58 million Umrah visas

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Muslim worshippers pray at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city holy of Mecca, during the fasting month of Ramadan on May 31, 2019. / AFP / -
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This picture taken on May 31, 2019 shows an aerial view of Muslim worshippers prostrating during prayer around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP)
Updated 02 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia issues more than 7.58 million Umrah visas

  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,584,428, of which 7,201,851 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 1,056,618 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 732,559 in Makkah and 324,059 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,386,751 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 696,094 entered by land and 119,006 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,590,731) followed by Indonesia (946,962), India (643,563), Egypt (535,861), Algeria (364,707), Yemen (334,186), Turkey (306,987), Malaysia (274,066), Iraq (270,995) and Jordan (200,857).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,933 Saudis including 9,060 males and 1,873 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.


KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

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KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

MAKKAH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has been named the winner of the 2019 moderation award.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal made the announcement at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Jeddah.

The award, in its third year, is considered one of the most important in promoting the values of moderation and combating extremism, both internally and externally.

Al-Rabeeah has held 13 positions that contributed to his selection for the award, most notably minister of health, and pediatric surgery consultant, a role in which he performed 47 operations for conjoined twins from 20 countries.

The Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program is a global reference and one of Saudi Arabia’s most distinguished medical humanitarian initiatives worldwide.

In December 1990, Al-Rabeeah hit local and international headlines after making history in the Kingdom by performing complex surgery to separate the first conjoined Saudi twins at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

The case of the conjoined Malaysian twins Ahmed and Mohammed was particularly demanding. The family of the two children appealed to the Kingdom’s government to conduct the separation operation, and Al-Rabeeah carried out successful surgery lasting 23.5 hours in September 2002, by royal request.

After taking over as general supervisor of KSRelief, Al-Rabeeah oversaw 176 projects in 37 countries, including key areas such as food security, health, water, sanitation, education, women, children, vaccination and shelter.

He also implemented the directives of King Salman, providing various humanitarian and relief programs and building partnerships and community support with other countries.

The center executed 1,050 projects in 44 countries in addition to 225 projects dedicated to women and 224 for children.